Amec Foster Wheeler announces today the start of work on the Port Granby low level radioactive waste management facility in Southeast Clarington, Ontario. Following a shovel turning ceremony on Friday 29 April, Amec Foster Wheeler and its joint venture partner CB&I joined the Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) and its governmental and corporate partners in marking the initiative on the facility, which will be used to safely store historic low-level radio-active waste for hundreds of years.
The Port Granby Project will address a long-standing environmental issue by safely relocating 450,000 cubic metres of historic low-level radioactive waste away from the receding Lake Ontario shoreline for safe, long-term storage in the engineered aboveground mound facility being built approximately 700 metres north of the lake.
Honoured guests at the ground-breaking ceremony included Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Northumberland - Peterborough South, and Adrian Foster, Mayor of the Municipality of Clarington.
In July 2015, the joint venture was awarded the Cdn$86.8 million contract to undertake the Port Granby Project on behalf of the PHAI. As prime contractor, the scope includes facility construction, waste excavation, construction of a roadway to permit transportation of the excavated material without using municipal roads, and restoration of the existing and new facility sites. The project is estimated to create economic benefits for the region in the form of jobs, supplies and services as subcontracts are awarded for various construction activities and materials are purchased from area businesses.
Our team plays an important role addressing this long-standing environmental issue safely by delivering this project to our customer’s requirements, while also supporting the community with economic opportunities.
Everything is now in place for us to start the clean-up phase of this important project. Our contractor brings extensive international expertise to environmental projects such as this, and the PHAI has assembled a strong team to oversee the work with safety and environmental protection as our top priorities.